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Beware of the Highway Rat. He'll steal your food ... and your heart!


Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's bestselling story is now available
in a chunky board book format, perfect for babies and toddlers.


The Highway Rat rides along the highway stealing all the travellers'
food. But a crafty duck and her mysterious sister soon put an
end to his crooked ways!

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3rd October '18
I read it to BonneChance aged 4 aged 4
The Highway Rat 9781407139326
5 stars
This is a firm favourite of mine and my son's. The story is about a bad rat stealing food from all the animals he meets on the Highway. It is all written in rhyme and beautifully illustrated like all the other Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler books. My son now reads a lot of it from memory. It's a really fun story with some good lessons. 
31st October '16
I read it myself (an adult) , to FletcherJoseph aged 8 aged 8 , to AnnieFlorence aged 7 aged 7 , to AliceJosephine aged 7 aged 7 , to EadieMabel aged 3 aged 3 & to FelixRider aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
The Highway Rat was a baddie.
The Highway Rat was a beast.
He took what he wanted and ate what he took.
His life was one long feast.

Such a catchy, rememberable book for all ages.

The Highway Rat is an exciting and child friendly book about a mean, greedy and vicious rat that goes round stealing other animal’s food.

Aww such a family favourite! We love this book and own most of the Julia Donaldson book collection.
14th February '17
I read it to Jim-bob aged 11 aged 11
The Highway Rat 9781407139326
5 stars
My son particularly enjoyed the fun story of the Highway rat, and if you love Julias rhyming style then this book is a great addition to the library. Another family classic that my son goes back to.
18th June '18
I read it to M1m1louise aged 8 aged 8 , to O11ie aged 8 aged 8 , to Georgepickle aged 1 months aged 0 & to Henn aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Like all of Julia Donaldson books this is both beautifully illustrated and written. Repetitive enough to allow younger non readers to join with a moral plot for older ones. 
11th September '16
rsa read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
My son recently returned to this former favourite of his. He used to like hearing it over and over again. It is an excellent picture book, with bright and bold illustrations, with rhyming verse. He was particularly fond of the echo noise (repetition) and still likes to spot reference to previous Julia Donaldson book (Gruffalo biscuit in the cake shop). Looking forward to seeing it on tv this Christmas. 
16th October '16
I read it to CCR06 aged 9 aged 9 , to LCR08 aged 8 aged 8 & to GCR13 aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Another Julia Donaldson masterpiece.
For nearly 10 years now her books have been firm favourites in this house and ones that we go back to time and time again. My oldest was given this for her birthday 5 years ago; then my son enjoyed it; currently it is my youngest's book of at bedtime (every night)!
The rhyme and repetition, the illustrations, the search for The Gruffalo, the common characters.....all features that keep the interest of the youngsters.
We will never tire of her books in this house! 
16th September '16
I read it to RUBYB aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
My four year old daughter loves this book. Another great book by Julia Donaldson!
18th January '17
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Another classic Scheffler / Donaldson title. This one took a little more "getting into than others"; we definitely started enjoying it more once we'd heard the audio version a few times (helped me read it better!). "The Highway Rat was a baddie... The Highway Rat was a beast. He took what he wanted and ate what he took. His life was one long feast." However one day he meets his match, when a clever duck promises him all kinds of treats at her sisters home.... and with the help of the cave's appealing echo promising biscuits and chocolates... the Highway Rat ventures in, gets lost and ends up on the other side of the mountain (leaving the hungry animals he'd previously terrorised in peace!). His time lost in the dark cave, has left him a thinner meeker Rat, who leaves his highway man days behind and take a job at a cake shop (look out for the gruffalo biscuits!). Now a firm favourite - and we're looking forward to BBC1's animated version in Christmas 2017. 
17th February '18
I read it to Toodee aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Our  current favourite Julia Donaldson book. 'The rat of the highway' makes us laugh every time we read it and my 3 year old thinks that joining in with the story is brilliant. It's got all of the elements that make Julia Donaldson stories so successful; a fast pace, lovely rhymes and a really happy ending. 
13th October '17
I read it to JasperM555 aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
This is my husbands favourite Julia Donaldson and he loves reading it to Jasper and can't wait to enjoy it with Archie too. The repetition makes it fun for Jasper to follow and the story of how he's tricked always makes him giggle. A thoroughly enjoyable book! 
12th June '17
I read it to ArjanST aged 5 aged 5 & to KeeratKT aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
I love Julia Donaldson books and the way the stories flow and rhyme, however, I found this book a little bit harder to get the hang of as it works best with a galloping type rhythm which took some getting used to. But it is worthwhile persevering, as it is good fun once you get the hang of it. 
21st February '16
I read it to Piglet aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Based on 'The Highway Man' by Alfred Noyes, this is a bold poem book that races along.  A rat holds up the animals that travel along the road, stealing and eating their food.  Will there be anyone who stand up to him and stop his dastardly ways?!
My son loves this poem, and demands it on repeat. He can even recite parts of the book : ). Another Julia Donaldson classic.
19th June '16
I read it to JJ aged 5 aged 5 & to Li aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This is a fun read for all ages - The Highway Rat is a cheeky little Rodent who likes to steal food from all of his friends and neighbours leaving them all hungry while he gets podgier! My little ones love the storyline and especially the repetition - something Julia Donaldson books are so great at which enables children to be able to learn and recite easily, thus being able to take part in the book too - we have great fun shouting out the "give me your puddings and pies" bit like Highway Men! it also has a moral to the story too so I think this is a great fun and educational read for any age! 
4th November '16
I read it to Ragdollkhanbaby aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Highway rat is a terrible mean rat who steals all the lovely animals food that he meets along the highway, his plan is foiled by a clever duck who tricks him for being so greedy. Great illustrations and rhyming that you come to expect from Julia Donaldson.
14th March '17
I read it to eric_ aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
The illustrations are so nice and you can see the story coming to life. As all the Julia Donaldson books, the rhymes are there and unforgettable. My son already remembers some of the lines and we've had it for just a couple of days. It does take quite a long time for the animals to be able to teach the Highway Rat a lesson, so we were both nervous and then, with a smart move, the animals are able to get back to normal and have all their food.  
21st September '18
I read it myself (an adult) , to OGD aged 5 aged 5 & to JJD aged 4 aged 4
The Highway Rat 9781407139326
5 stars
The robber rat staring in the story was very fierce and bad. He was a naughty rat that just took what he wanted until he met a clever rabbit...

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10th August '16
I read it to Eay11 aged 4 aged 4 & to Aay13 aged 2 aged 2
The Highway Rat 9781407139326
4 stars
The highway rat is a baddie... isn't he just! A brilliant rhyming story about a horrible rat who steals food from all the travellers. But the rat eventually gets his comeuppance from a rather clever duck! Me and my mini reviewers (aged 2 and 4) all love this story, and it's a firm bedtime favourite. 
18th March '16
I read it to BoyHH aged 3 aged 3
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4 stars
Our current favourite Julia Donaldson. Fabulous illustrations as always, great rhymes that prevent it being tedious for parents to read and a lovely story.
The ending has slightly confused my 4 year old who doesn't understand the echo but that does not put him off.
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